New American Schools: A Short, Opinionated History – by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Educators and ed reformers have long been tantalized by the dream of “reinventing” the school. “If only we could break away from this industrial-style arrangement,” goes the usual refrain, “with its boxy classrooms, batch-processed students, and rigid bell schedule, and create totally different schools that are better suited to modern times and to children’s needs.”

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Chester E. Finn, Jr., is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

This essay first appeared on Flypaper. It is part of the The Moonshot for Kids project, a joint initiative of the Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress.

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